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PTA pleads for public schools support

06 January 2014, 12:35

Nairobi  - The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) appealed to government to offer more support to public schools to help improve education standards in the country.

“One realizes that the low performance are coming from public schools and the reason is because of poor infrastructure and not equipping those schools with enough teachers so we are asking the government for us to improve the quality of education at that level at the public schools the government should move very fast and employ more teachers, improve infrastructure in those schools so that our children can have equal opportunities to compete with pupils coming from the other sector,” said PTA head, Nathan Barasa.

Private schools have in the past outshone the public schools in the national examinations, a move that has seen many parents taking their children to private schools despite the government offering free education in public schools. However, private schools have taken advantage of the influx of students in their institutions to charge exorbitant fees resulting in exploitation.

Parents have in the past called upon the government to regulate the fees paid in private schools but their plea has not been successful.

Regular teacher strikes in public schools have contributed immensely to the poor performance in the institution a situation that rarely occurs to private schools.

Barasa’s sentiments came amid calls that all candidates from last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education selected to join national schools in various counties to report to their respective schools failure to which their positions would be given to other students.

PTA said March 20 would be the deadline for reporting.

– CAJ News


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